Southland dairy applicants dry up

Southland Filipino Society co-ordinator Dorothea Hawkins (in front) in 2013. Behind (from left): Vivian Villanueva, Conchita Escalon, and Editha Villanueva-Peterson.

Fewer Filipinos applying for dairy jobs amid alleged visa scam.

Police hope to bag poachers

Blenheim sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

8:36 AM  Persistent poachers will soon find they're sharing their favourite hunting spots with police.

Environment CEO's challenges

Ministry for the Environment chief executive Vicky Robertson has pinpointed maintaining and improving freshwater quality as her highest priority.

15 min ago  The state of the country's freshwater is at the top of the agenda for this public service CEO.

Spirits high at field days gallery video

Ryan McLean, 6, of Thornbury, takes a rest from the heat in the tyre well of a John Deere tractor.

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

Outrageous sauces hit bullseye

Lyndon Tamblyn with his sauces at Southern Field Days.

Lyndon Tamblyn doesn't let the PC police get in the way of his sauce range.

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opinion

Dairy farmers under no illusions of year ahead

Dairy farmers are digging in for a tough road ahead.

OPINION: Chris Lewis takes stock of a frustrating dairy season.

Research backs smaller Fonterra board

OPINION: International research shows that smaller boards have achieved bigger returns for its shareholders.

Pleasing mating performance at Owl Farm

Milk price and trade closely linked

Fieldays

Spirits high at field days gallery video

Ryan McLean, 6, of Thornbury, takes a rest from the heat in the tyre well of a John Deere tractor.

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

Veteran exhibitor stoked video

Trevor McCall remembers exhibiting his sheep at the inaugural Southern Field Days.

Southern Man competitor Karl Barkley at Southern Field Days in Waimumu, near Gore, on Wednesday.

Age no barrier for Barkley

Karl Barkley has at least 25 years on some fellow Southern Man competitors.

dairy

Environment CEO's challenges

Ministry for the Environment chief executive Vicky Robertson has pinpointed maintaining and improving freshwater quality as her highest priority.

14 min ago  The state of the country's freshwater is at the top of the agenda for this public service CEO.

Dairy applicants dry up

Fewer Filipinos applying for dairy jobs amid alleged visa scam.

Loraine Anne Jayme stands in the dock during her appearance in the Hamilton District Court on Wednesday. Jayme, 35, is facing 284 charges relating to the obtaining work visas for immigrant Filipino dairy workers by allegedly fraudulent means.

Visa fraud accused revealed

8:59 AM  Threats against her life not enough to keep Loraine Anne Jayme's name secret.

advice

The true costs of buying the neighbour's farm

Do your numbers before leaping into buying the next door farm, advises Pita Alexander.

6 min ago  The costs behind buying the next door farm.

Down on the farm

A Federated Farmers survey shows confidence at a low level.

Riparian planting protects a stream on a Taranaki farm from nutrient run-off.

Help available from TRC to protect waterways

New Zealand's clean, green and unpolluted status is invaluable.

aquaculture

Fish farm application alarms residents

Okiwi Bay, with D'Urville Island in the distance.

Marlborough Sounds residents gear up to fight research base proposed by international fish food company.

Treat for oyster lovers in Auckland

Organisers of the Auckland Seafood Festival say the New Zealand shellfish are as different as individual wines.

Recreational fishing will be enhanced in the Marlborough Sounds by a ban on commercial fin fishing, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

Marine park meetings next week

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

beef

Aviation levy will hit farmers

An aerial topdressing plane applies fertiliser in the Awatere Valley in the South Island.

Agricultural aviators are up in arms at proposals to impose a safety levy on their operations.

Cricket game planned on Marlborough dry lake bed

The driest summer in 86 years in Marlborough had caused Lake Elterwater, a protected wildlife reserve 40 kilometres south of Blenheim, to dry out.

New Zealand Farmers Livestock agent Simon Bailey, with heading dog Scoot, lying down, and huntaway Jet.

Springboard to new career

Smedley Station's top 2015 cadet has returned to Taranaki to work as a livestock agent. 

Sheep

Rain brings new lease of life

Dustin, 6, and Sophie Wright, 9, celebrate the arrival of drought-breaking rain in North Canterbury in January.

9:45 AM  While holiday-makers grizzled, Hawarden and Waikari farmers smiled as rain brought their parched farms back to life.

$22.1m research into strong wool

A collaboration between private enterprise and government aims to turn around the flagging wool industry.

Blenheim sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Police hope to bag poachers

8:36 AM  Persistent poachers will soon find they're sharing their favourite hunting spots with police.

cropping

Zespri's push into Asia

Zespri chairman Peter McBride, left, and T&G Global chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica.

Zespri has signed a deal to use T&G as its marketer in south-east Asia.

Farmers welcome TPPA signing

Farmers see more than trade benefits arising from this week's TPP signing in Auckland.

Mike Porter of Lyalldale: Full cultivation wasn't sustainable and it was time to stop.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

agribusiness

BNZ invests in Figured

The BNZ has taken a cornerstone stake in New Zealand farm accountancy company Figured.

The BNZ has invested in internet-based accountancy company Figured.

Tree harvester reduces accidents

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

Livestock Improvement Corporation expects to be in a break even position by the end of the financial year.

LIC half year results hurt by low milk price

Livestock Improvement Corporation posts dip in half year profit and revenue as farmers keep a tight grip on spending in the milk price slump.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

What makes the perfect southern man?

Is this the perfect southern man?

Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Bronwyn Muir.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Video

Spirits high at field days

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

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